As the state's largest free-standing facility dedicated to the study of Arkansas, the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Bobby L.
Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art houses the following:
exhibition and retail art galleries and a gently read bookstore that
make up the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, a world-class
genealogy and archival research room, the CALS Butler Center for
Arkansas Studies, the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas, and a number of
public meeting spaces. The building, which is itself a historical
timeline that features architecture from three centuries and displays
image panels inside and outside featuring Arkansans throughout history,
is open to the public for shopping, art viewing, and research.
The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square offer two retail galleries
that feature work by over 50 Arkansas artists. Their work includes
ceramics, glass, jewelry, mixed media, paintings, sculpture, and wood.
Three additional gallery spaces feature rotating exhibitions also by
local artists. Works from the Central Arkansas Library System’s
permanent art collection are also displayed regularly.